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30/7/2020
Extra University Places For Vital Courses Announced
Over 9,000 additional places approved at UK universities for courses to deliver vital services and support the economy.   Extra university places for engineering, science and nursing courses have been made available for September, the Universities Minister has announced today.  
30/7/2020
Expansion Of Services In NHS Dental Practices
NHS dental practices are to re-introduce a range of procedures, such as the use of drills, on a limited basis.   Practices have been able to see NHS patients for certain types of non-aerosol routine care as part of Phase 3.  
30/7/2020
The Internal Market in the UK - The future many aspects our lives is being decided
The Internal Market in the UK is something most of us never even thought about because it was always there.   Now as we finally prepare to leave Europe and the arrangements we have enjoyed for over 40 years the Internal Market is being hotly debated by the devolved governments in the UK.  
30/7/2020
Safety at work -
People returning to work after coming out of shielding are to benefit from new risk assessment guidance.   The advice provides a framework which supports managers to have constructive and supportive conversations with staff to identify individual risks and take appropriate action to make the workplace safer.  
30/7/2020
More Businesses Set To Benefit From Government Loan Scheme
More small businesses can benefit from loans under CBILS.   government expects lenders to make changes in approvals processes over 57,000 businesses have benefitted from £12.6 billion of support through CBILS to date.  
30/7/2020
Highland Council Moves To Reduce Covid Assistance ProgrammesThumbnail for article : Highland Council Moves To Reduce Covid Assistance Programmes
Move towards a more sustainable delivery of humanitarian assistance proposed as Highland navigates COVID-19 recovery phase.   Staff and Communities have been praised for their outstanding response to the Covid-19 emergency.  
30/7/2020
Video Explains Impact Of Covid-19 On The Council BudgetThumbnail for article : Video Explains Impact Of Covid-19 On The Council Budget
Updated financial modelling has been presented to a meeting of Highland Council and Members have noted the revised budget gap.   Due to the unprecedented nature of the current financial climate any scenario, modelled requires significant assumptions to be made with no historic basis on which to found it.  
30/7/2020
Council reminder to communities that the service point network remains closed
Highland Council is reminding communities the service point network remains closed, in line with COVID 19 guidance.   Anyone who wishes to access Council services can do so online, over the telephone or by email.  
30/7/2020
Full Return For Education in Highland Following Scottish Government Confirmation
Today's announcement from the First Minister is very much what we have been anticipating and preparing for in our return to Highland education settings.  It is a great reassurance that we can now continue with our work to achieve a full return of pupils and staff, including those who were previously shielding, in August.  
30/7/2020
Scottish Government - Phase 3 Continues With Further Indicative Re-opening DatesThumbnail for article : Scottish Government - Phase 3 Continues With Further Indicative Re-opening Dates
Full-time school reopening confirmed with further £60m support.   Children will return to schools full-time from August 11, with quick access to testing for all those who are symptomatic, and a targeted, enhanced surveillance programme to highlight any impact on pupils and staff.  
30/7/2020
Quarantine rules imposed on travellers from Luxembourg
Increase in coronavirus cases sees quarantine requirements.   Passengers from Luxembourg will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Scotland due to an increased number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).  
30/7/2020
Cbi Scotland Happy For School Return But No Reprieve For Offices
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:"Getting children safely back to school is important for families and a critical aspect of Scotland's economic recovery.  Not only will it help parents and carers get back to work, but it's also essential to ensuring we don’t impede the development and wellbeing of children.  
29/7/2020
Eat Out To Help Out - Look For The Logo - Up To £10 Off Every Meal Mon - WedThumbnail for article : Eat Out To Help Out - Look For The Logo - Up To £10 Off Every Meal Mon - Wed
Lots of Caithness Eating Places Have already signed up.   Diners who eat-in will benefit from a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August.  
29/7/2020
Openreach Unveils Largest Ever Hard To Reach Full Fibre Build In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Openreach Unveils Largest Ever Hard To Reach Full Fibre Build In Scotland
Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses to benefit in 60 Scottish towns, villages and rural areas.   Openreach today 29 October 2020 outlined plans to make ultra-reliable and gigabit-capable Full Fibre broadband available to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in 60 small and rural towns and villages across Scotland.  
29/7/2020
Local Scottish Furlough Figures Show National Jobs ChallengeThumbnail for article : Local Scottish Furlough Figures Show National Jobs Challenge
Governments should roll-out extra help in event of local lockdowns Employers in Highland, Perth and Kinross, Glasgow, South Ayrshire and Stirling council areas furloughed a larger share of workers than operators in other Scottish local authorities, according to HMRC statistics.  However, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has highlighted that between 23 per cent and 34 per cent of eligible workers were furloughed across every Scottish council area.  
29/7/2020
Skin Creams Dried On Fabric Can Lead To Fire Deaths
A new campaign to raise awareness of the fire risk and the precautions that need to be taken by users of skin creams has been launched today.   Some skin creams, when dried on to fabric, can create a highly flammable combination that can cause serious injury and death, regulators warn today.  
29/7/2020
Right Care, Right Place In Scotland
NHS Pharmacy First Scotland offers expert help in the community.   People will be able to get healthcare advice and support to treat minor illnesses and common conditions in their local community following the launch of a new service.  
29/7/2020
200,000 Households In Scotland Have Invested In Their Property During Lockdown With A View To Selling
With the announcement that stamp duty is being paused on properties up to £500,000, many people in the UK may be looking to put in an offer on their dream property.  If you've been making improvements to your home to increase its sale value, you're not alone.  
29/7/2020
Further Funding For Tourism in Scotland
Two new funding packages worth £15 million will support the tourism sector as it continues to feel the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   A £14 million Hotel Recovery Programme will help to secure up to 3,000 jobs at Scotland's larger hotels until the start of the summer 2021 tourism season.  
29/7/2020
GDP Quarterly National Accounts for 2020 Quarter 1
Scotland's GDP is confirmed to have fallen by 2.5% during the first quarter of 2020, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician.  The change in the latest quarter has not been revised from the first estimate published on 17 June 2020.